My Aunt and Uncle were in Boston this past weekend, so we decided to check out the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum.
Designed by I.M. Pei
Designed by I.M. Pei, the building is truly inspiring, despite it’s chilly, geometric parts. In my opinion, it is the only Pei building worth it’s salt — certainly the only one out of his many projects in Boston.
I’ve never been nostalgic for JFK — he only passed something like 25% of the bills he sent to Capitol Hill… which tells me he was more concerned with maintaining Camelot, than pushing hard on difficult legislation like Civil Rights and the War on Poverty.
However, after touring the many exhibits and films, I’ve come to respect the man — the manner in which the Cuban Missile Crisis was handled alone merits reconsideration. And, in the wake of our youthful excitement surrounding Howard Dean, and his message, I can only imagine JFK’s impact on young people in 1960.
As Bill Clinton says in the exhibit, JFK put a lot of difficult issues on the table — which then needed to be worked out over the course of the sixties.